50 Onion Recipes

Full of sweet, ripe flavor, onions are extremely versatile

The humble onion is often treated as an afterthought—a flavoring that you throw into a dish just because that’s you think you're supposed to. That’s a shame, though. With flavor that can range from sweet to spicy and texture that can range from crunchy to melt-in-your-mouth tender, onions are an incredibly valuable tool in any cook's arsenal.

When it comes to highlighting the onion, few dishes are as classic as the onion ring. Crispy batter perfectly complements the onion, which should be tender enough to separate cut cleanly with each bite.

You know you want to serve those onions with a burger. To make Sid's onion burger, patties are pressed onto the griddle with paper-thin slices of onion and seared until crisp around the edges. Vegetarian don't need to feel left out—our ultra-savory portobello patties flavored with garlic and steak sauce are umami-packed and delicious.

Onions are great starring in creamy dishes. Try our roasted onion and chestnut compote, rich with bacon and cognac. Or how about a classic French onion soup, or its cousin the French onion dip?

Cooking down onions until they caramelize creates a wonderfully sweet-savory topping for tarts and pizzas, like our onion and bacon tart and pizza with onions, sweet ham, mozzarella, and rosemary.

Onions pair wonderfully with chicken. Djej besla is a satisfying tagine flavored with saffron, turmeric, lemon, and olives, and a thick, sweet onion jam complements the herbs in our grilled chicken.

Check out 50 of our favorite onion recipes!

Red Roast Chicken with Lemon and Garlic
Red Roast Chicken with Lemon and Garlic
Paprika lends to the burnished skin and earthy sweetness of this roast chicken, its flavor brightened with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. Set on a bed of pearl onions, carrots, garlic, fennel, and zucchini, the vegetables soak in all the bird's juices as it roasts. Get the recipe for Red Roast Chicken with Lemon and Garlic »Farideh Sadeghin
Beer-Battered Onion Rings
Beer-Battered Onion Rings
A flavorful batter infused with honey, paprika, and lager beer is the secret to these crunchy onion rings.Todd Coleman
Onion and Poppy Seed Bialys
Onion and Poppy Seed Bialys
These soft and chewy cousins of bagels are a stalwart of Polish bakeries, where their hole-less centers are filled with caramelized onions and poppy seeds. Get the recipe »Todd Coleman
Creamed Onion Gratin
Creamed Onion Gratin
Sweet, translucent roasted onions marry beautifully with bechamel and Gorgonzola in this rich casserole.Todd Coleman
Chicken and Onion Tagine (Djej Besla)
Chicken and Onion Tagine (Djej Besla)
Onions stew until soft and sweet in this satisfying one-pot chicken dish flavored with saffron, turmeric, lemon, and olives. Get the recipe for Chicken and Onion Tagine (Djej Besla) »Todd Coleman
Yucatecan Pickled Red Onions (Escabeche de Cebolla)
Yucatecan Pickled Red Onions (Escabeche de Cebolla)
Red onions soak up the flavors of oregano and cumin in this classic pickle relish.Todd Coleman
Lamb and Onion Curry (Gosht Dopiaza)
Lamb and Onion Curry (Gosht Dopiaza)
Tender lamb meets sweet, caramelized cipolline onions in this perfumed curry infused with cardamom, fennel, and cumin. Get the recipe »Todd Coleman
Homemade French Onion Dip
Homemade French Onion Dip
Our favorite recipe for this classic dip showcases onions three ways: fried, roasted, and fresh.Todd Coleman
Onion and Bacon Tart
Onion and Bacon Tart
The custardy batter will puff like an enormous popover in the oven while remaining crisp on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside. Get the recipe »Todd Coleman
Parsley and Onion Salad
Parsley and Onion Salad
Fresh onions add cool spice to this simple parsley salad.Todd Coleman
Poached Trout with Onions and Fennel Seeds
Poached Trout with Onions and Fennel Seeds
In this recipe trout is poached in a court bouillon, a fragrant broth of white wine, fennel seeds, and lots of onions.Todd Coleman
Roasted Vidalia Onions with Herbed Bread Crumbs
Roasted Vidalia Onions with Herbed Bread Crumbs
Sweet Vidalia onions, grown in and around the namesake Georgia city, turn even sweeter when roasted with a savory herbed bread crumb topping.Todd Coleman
Six-Onion Pizza
Six-Onion Pizza
This sweet and savory pizza showcases the flavor of six kinds of onion.Todd Coleman
Vermouth-Spiked Cocktail Onions
Vermouth-Spiked Cocktail Onions
Vermouth adds sweet depth to these bar essentials, the key to a classic Gibson martini.Todd Coleman
Tarte Flambee (Alsatian Bacon and Onion Tart)
Tarte Flambee (Alsatian Bacon and Onion Tart)
Heating a pizza stone for an hour before baking gives this savory tart a super crispy crust.Todd Coleman
Welsh-Style Pork Meatballs with Onion Gravy (Faggots with Onion Gravy)
Welsh-Style Pork Meatballs with Onion Gravy (Faggots with Onion Gravy)
These liver-enriched pork meatballs, named for the old northern British term for uncased sausage, are delicious doused in a buttery onion gravy. Get the recipe for Welsh-Style Pork Meatballs with Onion Gravy (Faggots with Onion Gravy) »Helen Rosner
Ham and Caramelized Onion Pizza
Ham and Caramelized Onion Pizza
Caramelized onions, sweet ham, mozzarella, and fragrant rosemary combine in this flavorful pizza. Get the recipe »Ingalls Photography
Spiced Lamb Patties with Tomato and Onion (Kefta bil Sayniyeh)
Spiced Lamb Patties with Tomato and Onion (Kefta bil Sayniyeh)
Lebanese seven-spice powder—a mix of allspice, black pepper, cinnamon, cloves, fenugreek, ginger, and nutmeg known as baharat—flavors the lamb patties as well as the tomatoes in this richly spiced dish.James Oseland
Iraqi Stuffed Onions (Dolma Mahshi)
Iraqi Stuffed Onions (Dolma Mahshi)
Pomegranate molasses, coriander, and curry powder perfume the filling for these tender stuffed onion rolls.Todd Coleman
Swedish Potato Dumplings Stuffed with Bacon and Onion (Kroppkakor)
Swedish Potato Dumplings Stuffed with Bacon and Onion (Kroppkakor)
Kroppkakor, hearty mashed potato dumplings stuffed with an allspice-laden filling of bacon and onion, are a specialty of Oland, an island off the southern coast of Sweden.Ingalls Photography
Zucchini, Onion and Ricotta Pie (Torta Salata di Zucchine e Cipolle)
Zucchini, Onion and Ricotta Pie (Torta Salata di Zucchine e Cipolle)
Squash, peppers, or eggplant can be substituted for the zucchini in this simple, savory summer pie. Get the recipe for Zucchini, Onion and Ricotta Pie (Torta Salata di Zucchine e Cipolle) »Ingalls Photography
Tagliatelle with Yogurt and Fried Onions (Rishta bi Laban wa Bassal)
Tagliatelle with Yogurt and Fried Onions (Rishta bi Laban wa Bassal)
Copious amounts of lightly caramelized onions are piled atop pasta and served with yogurt and herbs in this recipe inspired by Claudia Roden’s The New Book of Middle Eastern Food. Get the recipe »André Baranowski
Swiss Onion Tart
Swiss Onion Tart
This tart uses a salty, smoky ham known as speck; bacon is a good substitute.Todd Coleman
Duck Liver Mousse with Cipolline Onions and Mushrooms
Duck Liver Mousse with Cipolline Onions and Mushrooms
In this creamy, refined version of liver and onions, ethereal duck liver mousse pairs with caramelized cipolline onions and mushrooms.Ingalls Photography
Roast Chicken with Sumac Flatbread (M'sakhan)
Roast Chicken with Sumac Flatbread (M'sakhan)
Tart sumac balances sweet caramelized onions in a roast chicken and flatbread dish traditionally baked in a wood-fired oven called a taboon. Get the recipe »Ariana Lindquist
Roasted Onion and Chestnut Compote
Roasted Onion and Chestnut Compote
For this compote, roasted onions, bacon, and chestnuts are simmered in cream with cognac.Ariana Lindquist
Grilled Turkey Breast with Caramelized Onion, Cracked Black Pepper, and Vinegar
Grilled Turkey Breast with Caramelized Onion, Cracked Black Pepper, and Vinegar
Black pepper is a major ingredient in this dish, so be sure to use fresh-cracked as opposed to pre-cracked pepper. Get the recipe »Helen Rosner
Onion Tart with Goat Cheese
Onion Tart with Goat Cheese
This gorgeous tart has it all—sweetness from the caramelized onions, earthiness from the goat cheese, and a subtle saltiness from the anchovies. Get the recipe for Onion Tart with Goat Cheese »Helen Rosner
Sindhi Chicken and Onions (Seyal Murgh)
Sindhi Chicken and Onions (Seyal Murgh)
Skinless chicken drumsticks are traditionally used in this creamy stewed dish, but cubed boneless thighs also work well.Todd Coleman
Brigtsen's Scallops with Sweet Potato Puree and Onion Marmalade
Brigtsen's Scallops with Sweet Potato Puree and Onion Marmalade
Sweet potato puree and onion marmalade enhance the natural sweetness of scallops in this dish.Todd Coleman
South Indian Onion Stew (Sambar)
South Indian Onion Stew (Sambar)
A stew made from chana dal (yellow split peas), sambar is a spicy medium for vegetables from miniature eggplants to okra to pearl onions.Penny De Los Santos
Caramelized Onion Tart (Pissaladière)
Caramelized Onion Tart (Pissaladière)
This southern French tart takes its name from pissala, a pungent anchovy paste that gives the flatbread its distinctive flavor.Landon Nordeman
Grilled Chicken with Red Onion Jam
Grilled Chicken with Red Onion Jam
A thick, sweet red onion jam makes for a great accompaniment to this herbaceous grilled chicken.Helen Rosner
Whole Roasted Branzino with Fennel and Onions
Whole Roasted Branzino with Fennel and Onions
Onions and fennel provide a flavorful base for whole roasted fish.Todd Coleman
Cipollini Onion Hummus
Cipollini Onion Hummus
Gently browned cipollini onions add an unexpected hint of caramel sweetness to this hummus, deepening its earthy flavors.Leah Koenig
Strawberry Focaccia with Maple-Balsamic Onions
Strawberry Focaccia with Maple-Balsamic Onions
This boldly flavored bread is a great use for not-too-sweet strawberries, which caramelize and intensify in flavor while cooking. The onion and balsamic vinegar add a welcome tartness. Get the recipe for Strawberry Focaccia with Maple-Balsamic Onions »Leah Koenig
Spelt Spaghetti with Kombu and Onion Broth
Spelt Spaghetti with Kombu and Onion Broth
This spaghetti is bathed in a deeply flavored broth fortified with caramelized onions and kombu.Todd Coleman
Onion and Anchovy Tarts (Pissaladières)
Onion and Anchovy Tarts (Pissaladières)
Based on the classic French caramelized-onion tart with olives and anchovies, these little two-bite hors d'oeuvres pack a flavorful punch.Todd Coleman
Rabbit and Onion Stew (Kouneli Stifado)
Rabbit and Onion Stew (Kouneli Stifado)
Sweetened with prunes and studded with pearl onions, this country-style rabbit stew is a home-cooked specialty on Crete.Todd Coleman
Sid’s Onion Burger
Sid’s Onion Burger
For these addictively tasty burgers, ground beef is pressed onto the griddle with paper-thin slices of onion and seared until crisp around the edges.Penny De Los Santos
Sausage with Peppers and Onions
Sausage with Peppers and Onions
Skillet-seared sausage with fried peppers and onions is a simple, filling campfire meal. For extra heft, pile the sausages and vegetables into fire-toasted buns.James Baigrie
French Onion Soup
French Onion Soup
Braised onions, bread, and melted cheese are the main components of this timeless dish, which epitomizes the robust cuisine of Parisian brasseries.Helen Rosner
Orange, Candied Onion, and Mint Mignonette
Orange, Candied Onion, and Mint Mignonette
This fragrant sauce is a bright accent to briny oysters, but it's also delicious with clams, steamed crab legs, and shrimp.Ariana Lindquist
Smoked Salmon with Cream Cheese, Capers, and Red Onion
Smoked Salmon with Cream Cheese, Capers, and Red Onion
Cream cheese, capers, and red onions make for a lovely spread to pair with smoked salmon.Helen Rosner
Grilled Lamb Burgers with Red Onion Aioli
Grilled Lamb Burgers with Red Onion Aioli
Grilled red onion aïoli, smashed avocado, and sunny-side-up eggs top these rich cumin-spiced lamb burgers.Mark Roper
Onion and Olive Enchiladas
Onion and Olive Enchiladas
Anaheim and pasilla chiles combine in a puréed sauce for these Cal-Mex enchiladas, filled with cotija cheese, onions, and black olives.Penny De Los Santos
Tomato Sauce with Onion and Butter
Tomato Sauce with Onion and Butter
Simply putting tomatoes, a peeled halved onion, butter, and salt in a pot and cooking them with barely an occasional stir until they are reduced produces a deliciously concentrated sauce.Todd Coleman
Portobello Burgers with Blue Cheese and Sautéed Red Onions
Portobello Burgers with Blue Cheese and Sautéed Red Onions
A far cry from the standard grilled-mushroom-cap-as-burger, these ultra-savory portobello patties get a further umami boost from garlic and steak sauce‐a perfect match for a flavorful topping of melted blue cheese and tangy caramelized red onions.Helen Rosner
Pickled Radishes and Green Onion
Pickled Radishes and Green Onion
Crisp, spicy radishes get a dose of toasty warmth from sesame oil in this quick pickle, brightened with scallions and sesame seeds.Maxime Iattoni
Fettuccine with Brussels Sprouts, Cranberries, and Caramelized Onion
Fettuccine with Brussels Sprouts, Cranberries, and Caramelized Onion
Crisp-tender brussels sprouts and sweet-sour cranberries balance perfectly with a tangy vermouth-based broth in this pasta dish.Helen Rosner